Jussi Adler-Olsen is Denmark's premier crime writer. His books routinely top the best-seller lists in northern Europe, and he's won just about every Nordic crime-writing award, including the prestigious Glass Key Award - also won by Henning Mankell, Stieg Larsson, and Jo Nesbo. Now, we're thrilled to introduce him to America.
The Keeper of Lost Causes, the first installment of Adler- Olsen's Department Q series, features the deeply flawed chief detective Carl MØrck, who used to be a good homicide detective-one of Copenhagen's best. Then a bullet almost took his life. Two of his colleagues weren't so lucky, and Carl, who didn't draw his weapon, blames himself.
So a promotion is the last thing Carl expects. But it all becomes clear when he sees his new office in the basement. Carl's been selected to run Department Q, a new special investigations division that turns out to be a department of one. With a stack of Copenhagen's coldest cases to keep him company, Carl's been put out to pasture. So he's as surprised as anyone when a case actually captures his interest. A missing politician vanished without a trace five years earlier. The world assumes she's dead. His colleagues snicker about the time he's wasting. But Carl may have the last laugh, and redeem himself in the process. Because she isn't dead....yet.
©2011 Jussi Adler-Olsen (P)2011 Penguin
I loved the story, but the narrator's accent sounded like Arnold Swarchenegger. I'm sorry, but I have friends who are Danish and their accent doesn't sound like that. The Stieg Larsson books were SO much easier to listen to. I listen while I drive, and I found that I had to replay sections just so that I could grasp the meaning. The names were difficult to follow, particularly because of the Austrian pronunciation. Next time I'll read it myself.
There's always a little lost when you're not familiar with the landmarks referenced, and look up the exchange rate for a krone to dollar before starting. It's a little predicatable at the end but a good read nonetheless.
main characters: both were stellar; more from both Carl and Assad would be great
complex interchange among characters
he had wonderful voice, ancents
at the end, when it seems Mareda might have regained her life.
This was a shot in the dark book for me. I knew nothing about the author or the premise of the book. It was a little hard at first getting use to the Danish names, but once I got that down it was a very thrilling book.
I enjoyed this book very much and look forward to listening to other books by this author. The narrator's performance was very good during most of the book. The Danish detective, however, sounded so much like Hans and Franz of SNL, he was hard to listen to at least initially. Since I don't really know what a Danish accent sounds like, perhaps it was authentic. And being Southern myself, I don't hear the Danish/Southern accent heard by other reviewers - just an accent hard to take seriously because of the SNL reminders. The other accents and the omnicient narration were great. And I found the story to be compelling from beginning to end.
I always forget how much I like Davie's performances. He manages to to hit the tempo and feel of the lead character. He has such a gift for pronouncing the unfamiliar words and places of a foreign land and make them feel like a part of your lexicon. Well done sir!
This one starts out a bit slow and lumbering, much like the main character. Before you know it though, you are sucked into the lives of the characters and you are trying desperately to figure out the how and the why.
Detailed, convoluted and enthralling mystery. A beautiful politician disappears and after 5 years a cynical, whizzened cast off detective is given the case to get him out of other detectives hair. He is give a syrian political refugee as his side kick. Together they unravel the mystery. We learn a great deal about Danish politics and Denmark. The only criticism is that the readers accents take a bit of getting used to.
if I had not figured out who did it 1/4 of the way into the book. I was really liked the main character though so I kept listening to see what would eventually happen to him, but I do typically like more difficulty in guessing "who done it"!
I have had a library card wherever I've lived, & always have a book in progress. Fell in love with Audiobooks when my 70 yr old eyes couldn't keep up with my reading. Mysteries are my favorite, but last enjoyable read was "Fifty Shades of Grey" WOW Sensual reading, but it had my interest ! I'm not dead yet!
The characters have well-rounded personalities...the good, the bad, & the ugly. Really liked the humor developing between Assad & Karl. It added to the development of pecking away at a 5 year old missing person file.
Very similar to Steig Larsson style.
Difficult for me to catch on to the Danish names & locations, but easier than Larsson's Swedish locations. Erik handled the accents clearly & with charm.
I enjoy European authors because they take time to show the whole life of a character rather than just the facts about the crime as it is solved.
This book was a little bit hard to understand given the accent of the narrator. After a few hours my ear adjusted and I couldn't wait to find out what developed next. It was intriguing, thrilling, suspenseful, thought provoking and not too far fetched as to be fantastical, but still horrifyingly unbelievable. Worth the time!
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